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US Ebola Contribution: 3K Military, $750M

'Significant' response will train hundreds of health workers, build hospitals

(Newser) - As part of his promised "scaled-up response" to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, President Obama is expected to announce during a visit to the CDC today that the US will be sending 3,000 military personnel in an effort that could cost up to $750 million over the... More »

US Military to Join Ebola Offensive

Outbreak kills 4th doctor in Sierra Leone

(Newser) - The US military is set to join the battle against an enemy other than ISIS: the Ebola outbreak that has killed thousands in West Africa. President Obama is expected to outline what officials describe as a "scaled-up" response to the outbreak this week, reports the Wall Street Journal , which... More »

US Ebola Survivor Gives Blood to New American Patient

Kent Brantly flies to Nebraska to help his friend, Rick Sacra

(Newser) - If one person knows what Ebola patient Rick Sacra is going through, it's Kent Brantly. Both American doctors contracted the disease while doing charity work in Africa, though Brantly made a full recovery after returning to the US. To help his friend do the same, Brantly flew to the... More »

Gates Foundation Gives $50M to Ebola Fight

Money will pay for supplies, diagnostics, drugs

(Newser) - The fight to curtail the Ebola epidemic has more support—$50 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to finance supplies, drug and vaccine development, and diagnostics, as well as bolster emergency response, Reuters reports. "We are working urgently with our partners to identify the most effective ways... More »

4th American With Ebola Is Home for Treatment

Unnamed aid worker to be treated at Emory University Hospital

(Newser) - Emory University Hospital is preparing to treat its third Ebola patient, who landed at Dobbins Air Reserve Base outside Atlanta this morning. The hospital said the patient would be treated in its isolation unit. Last month, two aid workers who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia were treated successfully at... More »

US Air Marshal Stabbed With Mystery Syringe

Marshal is flown back from Nigeria, put in quarantine

(Newser) - A US air marshal was attacked with a syringe at an airport in Lagos, Nigeria, yesterday and injected with an unknown substance, Fox News reports. The TSA says he received "precautionary medication" and was flown to Houston with his team, where he was put in quarantine for fear he... More »

In Places Scrubbed of Ebola, Virus Rears Its Head

Health officials warn Ebola's erratic spread is out of control

(Newser) - Just months ago, Doctors Without Borders was packing up its bags and leaving an Ebola-free region in Guinea; that site, Macenta, is now the hotbed site of 30 new cases, in what the AP reports is a sign of the virus' resurgence. Health officials are declaring, once again , that the... More »

To Fight Ebola, Sierra Leone Set for 'Lockdown'

Locals barred from going out for 3 days

(Newser) - After hundreds of deaths in the country due to Ebola , Sierra Leone is heading for a lockdown. That means that for at least three days, starting Sept. 19, locals won't be able to leave the vicinity of their homes, Reuters reports. The goal is to spot people in the... More »

Ebola-Infected Doctor in Stable Condition

Rick Sacra, 51, is being treated at the Nebraska Medical Center

(Newser) - A doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia is sick but in stable condition and communicating with his caregivers at the Nebraska Medical Center, officials said today. Rick Sacra, 51, is being treated at a 10-bed special isolation unit, the largest of the US' four. It was... More »

Ebola Could Show Up in US This Month

Study of air traffic patterns puts chances at 18%

(Newser) - Dr. Rick Sacra, the third American to contract Ebola , landed in Nebraska last week and will be moved to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for treatment. Experts insist there is no risk to the public, NBC News reports, but a new study in PLOS Currents finds that Ebola could... More »

3rd American With Ebola Lands in US

Dr. Rick Sacra will be treated in Nebraska

(Newser) - A doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia— the third American aid worker sickened with the virus—landed this morning at an Air Force base in Nebraska, Fox News reports, and is expected to arrive at a Nebraska hospital for treatment later today. Officials at the Nebraska... More »

To Fight Ebola, Experts Look to Blood of Survivors

Method used on Kent Brantly debated at WHO meeting

(Newser) - As the Ebola outbreak reaches apocalyptic proportions , an experimental method to help fight the virus is emerging: injecting victims with the blood of survivors. American Dr. Kent Brantly underwent the procedure in July, though it isn't clear if it improved his condition. Yet with vaccines only just beginning human... More »

World 'Losing' Ebola Battle: Doctors Without Borders

Top doc tells UN world has done nothing to stem spread

(Newser) - The picture of Ebola in West Africa is apocalyptic: Infected bodies decompose in the street, 150 health workers have died, overflowing clinics turn away the sick, to say nothing of food shortages and riots. And the disease is spreading at an unprecedented rate , Doctors Without Borders President Joanne Liu told... More »

Another US Doc Has Ebola

Unnamed doctor was working in missionary group in Liberia

(Newser) - A second American doctor working in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola, missionary group Serving in Mission USA is confirming, as per the AP . It's not clear how the doctor, who was not named, contracted the virus: He was working in an obstetrics unit in a Monrovia hospital, and... More »

Co-Authors of Ebola Study Die of Ebola

Five researchers dead after contributing to work

(Newser) - In an example of the risks health care workers take when dealing with Ebola, five co-authors of a study on the virus have died after contracting the disease. They include three nurses, one lab technician, and one physician. They were part of an international team of more than 50 people... More »

Another Country Confirms Case of Ebola

Senegal says infected university student came from Sierra Leone

(Newser) - Ebola has spread to yet another country in Africa: Senegal. Local press reported today that a university student infected with the virus had traveled from Guinea into the West African nation, CNN reports. The student, 21, has been placed in quarantine in a hospital in Dakar and is in stable... More »

UN: We Could See 20K Ebola Cases

2nd Ebola strain found in Democratic Republic of Congo

(Newser) - Ebola cases in West Africa could multiply sixfold, affecting up to 20,000 as the virus "continues to accelerate," the World Health Organization said today, per Reuters . Some 1,552 people have now died out of the 3,069 cases reported—though the actual number of cases could... More »

UK Evacuates British Ebola Patient

Nation's first victim of virus was health worker in Sierra Leone

(Newser) - An RAF aircraft has left Sierra Leone today carrying a British citizen infected with Ebola, bound for treatment in an isolation unit in London's Royal Free Hospital, reports the BBC . London is confirming that a male patient was indeed infected, notes the AP ; he was a volunteer at a... More »

Ebola Survivor: 'God Saved My Life'

Kent Brantly addresses media; Nancy Writebol was released earlier

(Newser) - A grinning Dr. Kent Brantly walked into a press conference at Emory University Hospital this morning, the fully recovered survivor of Ebola virus. "Today is a miraculous day," he said. "I'm thrilled to be alive, to be well, and to be here with my family."... More »

American Ebola Patients to Be Released Today

Blood test reportedly comes back negative for Kent Brantly

(Newser) - It looks like Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly are two of the lucky ones. The American Ebola patients, who contracted the virus in Liberia, will be released from Emory University Hospital today after weeks of treatment, ABC News reports. NBC News , however, says Writebol may only be released from... More »

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